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“[W]e have to understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs,” said FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.
“As the state moves forward with its aggressive and laudable plans to ensure all Californians have access and the means to use broadband and wireless services, we must also collaboratively discuss the quality of those services,” said Amy Yip-Kikugawa, Acting Director of the Public Advocates Office.
“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
American Fork, Utah was in negotiations to sell their fiber-optic network to a Swedish partnership, but had to cancel the sale when the partnership was unable to gather the funding needed to invest a planned $8 million in American Fork's network.
New innovations like internet TV and phone service are making the need for speed clearer and clearer. The only technology that will be able to handle these and future innovations is fiber-optic cable. Delivering speeds up to 100 megabits per second, fiber is the future of the internet, and in some places, it's already being implemented.
Virginia's communications consumers are at risk of losing one of their most important protections. The Communications Workers of America is standing up to try and stop this corporate attack on consumer rights.
Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the founding of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there's been much attention paid to the communications tools available to first responders. High-speed internet access is critical for emergency personnel, yet some police and fire departments don't even have computers.
From Michigan comes a report about the doors opened by high-speed Internet access. The Lansing State Journal reports on a class aimed at increasing Internet skills for seniors, a demographic at danger of being left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Comcast, a major provider of Internet access, has come under fire for shutting customers off if they violate an unstated "acceptable use" policy.
The digital divide is less binary, but rather more like a "digital dimmer switch," according to the Pew Center. Recently, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project teamed up to produce a study on Latino internet use. The study found that non-Hispanic whites have a 71% internet participation rate, while Latino adults are hovering around a 56% participation rate. While the numbers tell one story, the study also found the internet-usage gap between whites and Latinos to be closing.
Add South Dakota to the list of places on the wrong side the digital divide. It's not just individual South Dakotans--even state universities and research centers cannot connect to a national high-speed network called Internet 3.